Dousing yourself in extravagant beads and masks may seem gaudy to some, but in New Orleans, it’s pretty ordinary. Ask any NoLa local: the bigger, the better when it comes to Fat Tuesday festivities. Mardi Gras can easily be described as a cultural phenomenon: music, entertainment, food, parades and celebrations for a nearly a month or longer. If you can’t attend the NoLa festivities this year, why not bring Bourbon Street to your block? Here’s a look at everything you’ll need to throw the ultimate Mardis Gras party…
Mardi Gras Party Ideas
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Mardi Gras: Throw a Party Big Easy Style!
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday originated to allow those who participated in the religious season of Lent to eat, drink, and be merry before the fasting season began. The largest Mardi Gras celebration is actually in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; this may come as a surprise since many believe it to be New Orleans. If you can’t make it to Rio or New Orleans for Mardi Gras, be sure to throw the Mardi Gras party that will be the talk of the town! You aren’t limited to throwing a Mardi Gras party on Fat Tuesday alone; many people like to theme other parties throughout the year with Mardi Gras. Here are some Mardi Gras party tips from us here at GigSalad.
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The three colors of Mardi Gras are green, purple, and gold. Be sure to incorporate this color scheme into your Mardi Gras party decorations. You can make balloon archways in the colors, decorate the tables with colored flowers, or decorate with the fleur de lis. Some great party favors are masks, beads, and colorful boas. Most of these items can incorporate the Mardi Gras colors and are fun items for the guests to have. The masks and beads are also part of the tradition of Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras is a rather extravagant holiday since it is a party before a fasting season. Your entertainment should match the extravagance and personality of the holiday itself. Circus entertainment like stilt walkers, aerialists, and magicians are all viable options for entertainment. Another fun, interactive form of entertainment would be to have face painters or airbrush artists. They can paint fun Mardi Gras designs on your guests. If you’re having a family friendly party, face painters and magicians are two good ways to keep the kids entertained.
The Feast Before the Fast
There are many traditions associated with Mardi Gras. One of which is the King Cake! The King Cake is a bakery delicacy topped with colored powdered sugar - purple, green, and gold, of course! Originally, these cakes would contain a plastic baby Jesus to symbolize the tradition of the holiday. To incorporate this tradition, you can hire a cake decorator or do-it-yourself by baking an item into something as simple as a cupcake. Whoever finds the item in their treat will then become the King and Queen of Mardi Gras! You’ll just need to be sure to designate which cakes are for the ladies and which are for the gentlemen. Also, be sure to get crowns as a party favor so everyone knows who the king and queen are.
What would a party be without food and drinks? Decadent food and delicious beverages are what Mardi Gras is all about! The food at Mardi Gras is extravagant and excessive. For a Mardi Gras party, you may be best off having a caterer. Creole and cajun foods are common for Mardi Gras parties.
Also, it isn’t Mardi Gras without a steady flow of Hurricanes, and I’m not talking about the natural disaster! One drink you will find flowing freely on the streets of New Orleans or at any Mardi Gras celebration is the Hurricane. You’ll want to have a bartender there to create these delicious drinks for your guests. Should your event be more family oriented you can do a form of this fruity drink without the liquor.
Jazz It Up!
Every Mardi Gras event needs some music to liven up the party! Set the mood for the party with some New Orleans style entertainment, such as, cajun, zydeco, jazz, or brass bands. Any of these types of bands will make it feel like you’re really celebrating down in the Big Easy. Even if you have something as simple as a sax or trumpet player, it helps set the tone for the party.
If you want to go all out for your Mardi Gras celebration, the most reasonable option may be to get an event planner. The planner can handle everything from booking entertainment to food and beverage. If you just want to keep it low key, you can find many Mardi Gras decorations, beads, and masks at your local party store. As always, you can book all your entertainment and event services on GigSalad!